While naming Valencia a recommended tourist destination in 2022, the American news giant highlights the City of Sciences, paella, and World Capital of Design status.
Valencia continues to gain international attention, and the most recent news outlet to praise our city is CNN, which has named Valencia a recommended tourist destination in 2022. It is the only Spanish city on its list of 22 destinations from around the world, replacing the usual favorite, Barcelona, which was mentioned negatively this year.
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“This year, give the thronging streets of Barcelona a rest and head a few hours south along Spain’s southeastern coastline to the port city of Valencia, World Design Capital for 2022.
Home to a population of around 800,000, it’s Spain’s third-largest city and it aims to be an emission-neutral destination by 2025.
The City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, is a vast futuristic complex featuring a planetarium, science museum and Europe’s largest aquarium. From there, you can cycle or stroll across the whole of Valencia through the nine-kilometer-long Turia Garden, built on the former bed of the Turia River.
Valencia is the birthplace of paella, and you’ll find the iconic Spanish dish for sale everywhere. For fine dining, local chef Ricard Camarena’s eponymous restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars, one of which is a green star for sustainability – the first eatery in the city to be awarded the honor.
Finally, if you visit in March, you’ll get the chance to experience the annual Las Fallas Festival which, when Covid permits, is a five-day street party involving fireworks and the burning of wooden and cardboard sculptures.”
CNN Travel´s list for best destinations to visit in 2022, in alphabetical order:
- ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
- BISSAGOS ISLANDS, GUINEA-BISSAU
- CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA
- COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
- DIJON, FRANCE
- DISKO BAY, GREENLAND
- GABON NATIONAL PARKS
- LAHTI, FINLAND
- MUNGA-THIRRI-SIMPSON DESERT, AUSTRALIA
- NAPLES, ITALY
- OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU
- ORKNEY ISLANDS, UK
- PENANG, MALAYSIA
- SOUTH AFRICA
- ST EUSTATIUS, NETHERLANDS
- TULSA, OKLAHOMA
- VALENCIA, SPAIN
- YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Valencia will be in the spotlight again thanks to CNN’s recommendation, as it is one of only six European cities on this list. However, it is difficult to predict how many more tourists will visit our shores as a result of this in a year when travel is extremely difficult.